Staff reporter
IMPROVING and widening roads is vital to increasing road safety.
Spain's deputy Traffic director, Jesús Díez de Ulzurrun, said in Palma yesterday that, compared to B-roads, the accident rate on dual-carriageways and motorways is much greater in Spain and the Balearics.

Speaking at the opening of the 20th Road Week, he said that steps should be taken across the country to find an acceptable balance between road improvement and the protection of the environment.

He said that a number of projects which meet both criteria are already in development in Spain and that areas like the Balearics, with an alarmingly high accident and road death toll, should be following some of these examples.

This year, the number of traffic accidents in the Balearics has risen by 17 percent and Jesús Díez de Ulzurrun said yesterday that the Director General for Traffic, is carrying out its own studies in a bid to try and help the Balearics find some solutions.

He revealed that traffic chiefs, concerned about the Balearics having one of the highest accident rates in Spain, are considering the introduction of a wide ranging speed control scheme and a stricter traffic management scheme in and around Palma.

He said that one area which needs to be better controlled is industrial and heavy goods vehicles which, on many occasions, are driving on roads and in area unsuitable for their size and slow speeds.

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